Workshop: Body Part Terms

Body Part Terms in Linguistic Usage: A Comparative and Typological Perspective

Venue: University of Warsaw

Time: December 8-9, 2017

Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw, invites submission of abstracts for an international workshop to be held at the University of Warsaw, Poland. Each paper will be given 30 minutes, including 10 minutes for discussion.

The embodied character of language is supported by research in semantics and cultural studies, but also by empirical evidence coming from neurolinguistics, psycholinguistics, anthropology, biosemiotics, neurology, and other sciences. Body-related lexicon is highly polysemous and easily extends onto other domains in numerous figurative senses. Transfers of body part terms share a number of cross-linguistic tendencies in the domain of grammaticalization, emotions, reasoning and social interactions, and figurative senses of body part terms often coincide in numerous unrelated languages of the world. The bodily lexicon also constitutes a good source for extension of truly culture-specific, highly unpredictable senses and idiomatic expressions.

The workshop aims at a close examination of body part terms from the comparative perspective of unrelated, geographically distant and culturally differentiated languages. It will contribute to research on linguistic embodiment, but also to investigation of more general issues, such as studies on metaphor and metonymy, polysemy and representation of a lexical category, regularity of semantic change and cognitive universals, as well as problems of language-culture connection.

We invite papers which focus on one specific language or comparative/typological studies. Possible topics to be covered include:

  • coding and categorization of body parts
  • polysemy and semantic change of body part terms
  • conceptualization processes (metaphor, metonymy) via body parts
  • expressing emotional concepts through their “embodiment”
  • grammaticalization processes
  • usage patterns of constructed senses
  • corpus studies of body part terms (e.g. frequency, collocations)
  • compounding and noun incorporation
  • “special” syntax (e.g. inalienable possession, use of pronouns)
  • morphological derivation and semantic autonomy
  • language-culture issues and idiomatic constructions

Scientific committee

  • Alexandra Aikhenvald (James Cook University, Australia)
  • Iwona Kraska-Szlenk (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Helma Pasch (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Izabela Will (University of Warsaw, Poland)
  • Beata Wójtowicz (University of Warsaw, Poland)

Invited Keynote Speakers

  • Zygmunt Frajzyngier  (University of Colorado, USA)
  • Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk (University of Lodz, Poland)
  • Helma Pasch (University of Cologne, Germany)
  • Ning Yu (Pennsylvania State University, USA)

Organizing committee

  • Iwona Kraska-Szlenk
  • Izabela Will
  • Ahmad Shehu


Workshop program 

Friday, December 8th, 2017 (Ballroom Hall, Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace) 

9.30 – 10.00    Registration

10.00 – 10.30 Opening Speeches (Dean of Oriental Faculty Prof. Piotr Taracha, Organizers)

10.30 – 11.15 Keynote Speaker

Ning Yu, Pennsylvania State University

Linguistic Embodiment in Linguistic Experience

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.00

Felix Ameka, Leiden University

“Heart die me.”: ethno-theories and linguistic embodiment of feelings

12.00 – 12.30

Iwona Kraska-Szlenk, University of Warsaw

Towards a semantic lexicon of body part terms

12.30 – 13.00

Mi-Hyun Kim, Université de Lorraine – Nancy

Contrastive Lexicology of Korean, French and English Body Element Nouns

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30

Judit Baranyiné Kóczy, Széchenyi István University

Keeping an eye on body parts: Conceptualizations of the ‘eye’ in Hungarian

14.30 – 15.00

Melike Baş, Amasya University

The metaphoric conceptualization of speech organs in Turkish

15.00 – 15.30

Sanja Kiš Žuvela, Zagreb University,

Body-Part Terms in Musical Discourse

15.30 – 15.45 Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.30 Keynote Speaker

Barbara Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk, University of Lodz/State University of Applied Sciences in Konin

Polysemy chains, embodiment and body parts

16.30 – 17.00

Awadh G. Baawaidhan, University of Lodz, Poland, Linguistic Analysis of Body part Metaphor Conceptualization from Cognitive Perspective

18.00 Dinner

Saturday, December 9th, 2017 (Ballroom Hall, Tyszkiewicz-Potocki Palace)

10.00 – 10.45 Keynote Speaker

Zygmunt Frajzyngier, University of Colorado

What the grammaticalization of ‘head’ reveals about the semantic structure of a language: A case study in four Chadic languages

10.45 – 11.15

Stéphane Robert, CNRS-LLACAN and INALCO

On the grammaticalization of the HEAD in Wolof: from reflexivity to topicality

11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break

11.30 – 12.00

Kasia Wojtylak, James Cook University

Grammaticalization of body part terms in Murui

12.00 – 12. 30

Kyung Eun Park, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Grammaticalization of Body Part Terms: Study on the grammaticalization of main body part terms in Thai in comparison to Korean

12.30 – 13.00

Ahmadu Shehu, University of Warsaw

Grammaticalization of body part terms in Fulfulde

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30

Marcin Kuczok, University of Silesia

Between the body and the soul: the semantics of English blood and Biblical Hebrew דָּ ם (dam)

14.30 – 15.00

Abinet Sime Gebreyes, Mekelle University

Semantics of Oromo Body-Part Terms

15.00 – 15.30

Izabela Will, University of Warsaw

Embodied conceptualization – relation between gesture and speech in Hausa

15.30 – 15. 45 Coffee Break

15.45 – 16.30 Keynote Speaker

Helma Pasch, University of Cologne

Body part metaphors as devices to form words, to create stylistic expressions and to shape grammar

General discussion

Makonde Shetani Sculpture